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September 14, 2018 - 09:30 - 17:00

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast

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Professor Ken Seddon OBE passed away in January 2018, aged 67, following a short illness. Ken was a champion of Green Chemistry, a pioneer of ionic liquid research, and a co-founder of the QUILL Research Centre, the first industry-academia partnership devoted to ionic liquid research.

This seminar will commemorate Ken’s life and his contributions to science.

The seminar will be preceded by RSC Molten Salt Discussion Group early career researchers’ meeting on 13th September 2018, held at the same location.


Seminar Programme


Coffee  - The Hub, David Keir Building


Prof Mark Price, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast

Welcome address


Prof Elaine Seddon, The University of Manchester

“Life with a star – the early years”


Prof Chris Adams, XeF6 Consulting/Cardiff Catalysis Institute

“40-odd years of Chemistry: a personal recollection"


Prof Edwin Constable, University of Basel

“How I fell in love with Ruthenium and was unfaithful with Copper”


Prof Tom Welton OBE, Imperial College London

“These ionic liquid things look interesting”


Prof Donald Braben, University College London

“Why we thought the study of ions in an ionic environment is so important”


Prof Peter Wasserscheid, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

“Ionic liquids in catalytic processes – progress made in 20 years of research”


Prof Jim Swindall CBE, Green Lizard Technologies Ltd.

“Ken Seddon and the genesis of QUILL – a personal recollection”


Lunch - The Hub, David Keir Building


Dr Mahpuzah Bt Abai, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

True Legacy of PETRONAS - QUILL collaboration; 10 years on


Dr John Holbrey, Queen’s University Belfast

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”


Prof Walter Leitner, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energie Konversion

“Benign by Default or by Design? Ionic Liquids in the Area of Green Chemistry”


Prof Douglas MacFarlane, Monash University, Australia

“My travels in the world of ions with K.R. Seddon”


Prof Peter Licence, University of Nottingham

“In a vacuum?”


Dr Gabriela Fedor, Evonik Industries AG

“Having a Rocketman as a PhD supervisor”


Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny, Director of QUILL, Queen’s University Belfast

Closing remarks


Coffee and Poster Session - The Hub, David Keir Building


Accommodation and venue

All talks will take place in the Lecture Theatre 0G.012, David Keir Building, Queen’s University Belfast.

Coffee and lunch break, as well as poster session, will take place in The Hub, David Keir Building, Queen’s University Belfast.

Accommodation available in the area:

Malone Lodge Hotel

Wellington Park Hotel

The Gregory B&B

Stranmillis College



The seminar is free to attend, but registration is required for catering purposes. Please register through Eventbrite.

To register for the RSC Molten Salt Discussion Group early career researchers’ meeting on 13th September 2018, please follow this link.


For more information please contact the event secretariat.

The memorial Seminar is kindly sponsored by:

Green Chem - ACS Sus Chem

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